During the last fiscal year, Pakistan faced the twin challenges of low economic growth and high inflation, in contrast to other South Asian countries.

According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to foster economic improvement, Pakistan must continue implementing reforms under the new IMF programme.

However, the ADB’s Outlook Report predicts that the economic growth rate in the upcoming financial year is expected to remain sluggish, similar to the performance observed in the previous fiscal period.

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The primary reasons for the slow economic growth were last year’s floods and the implementation of strict monetary and fiscal policies.

The ADB’s report also highlights that inflation in Pakistan exceeded expectations during the past year. This inflationary pressure was further exacerbated by increased demand for commodities.

In comparison, India is projected to experience a growth rate of 6.7 per cent, Sri Lanka 1.3 per cent, and Bangladesh at a rate of 6.5 per cent.